Greek conservative leader gets COVID weeks before elections

FILE PHOTO: Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis meets with Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou (not pictured), to receive an official mandate to try to form a coalition government after the general election, in Athens, Greece, May 22, 2023. REUTERS/Louiza Vradi

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek conservative leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, just weeks before a second round of national elections, he said in a video message.

“I tested positive today and therefore I will stay at home for a few days,” Mitsotakis said in a video post on Instagram adding that he had cancelled a trip to Northern Greece.

Mitsotaki’s New Democracy Party won national elections in May with 40.1% of the vote, but fell short of an outright majority. The parties that came second and third refused to join a coalition, leading to a second vote to be held on June 25.

(Reporting by Lefteris Papadimas; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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